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Thursday, December 15, 2016
12/14 OISS Digest
Weekly Digest for December 14th, 2016
IN THIS WEEK'S DIGEST...
CGE NEWS & EVENTS - Good Luck on Finals, Last day for OPT Drop-Offs, Have a Great Winter Break!
- De-Stress Fest, The Living Library, MLK Day of Service Opportunities, Gender and Archives Diversity Research Fellowship
ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS - Last OPT Drop off Times, Uptown hours & Downtown hours
INFORMATION SECURITY REMINDER - Watch out for email and phishing scams! Vital info below.
HAPPENING IN NEW ORLEANS- Celebration in the Oaks, Lights at the Lake, NOLA Christmasfest!
WINTER BREAK ANNOUNCEMENTS
THE OISS WILL BE CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK FROM:
DECEMBER 22, 2016 AND REOPEN ON JANUARY 2, 2017
Are you traveling outside the US this winter break? Make sure you have a valid travel signature!
Due to high seasonal demand, if you will be leaving the country during this winter break, we recommend that you check NOW to see whether or not you need your I-20 or DS-2019 signed for travel. If you do, please come to the office and request your travel documents as soon as possible.
NO SAME-DAY REQUESTS WILL BE PROCESSED.
Last day for OPT Drop-offs will be on Monday, December 19 from 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.
Please check your emails for any further information regarding travel for this winter. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to let us know. The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) wants to wish you a very happy winter break, and a wonderful new year!
CGE NEWS & EVENTS
GOOD LUCK ON FINALS!
During finals week, many students feel stressed out and overwhelmed. However, there is campus programming happening every day that will help you when you might be feeling down. As you prepare for finals, we recognize the importance of creating opportunities for you to recharge. Study breaks are informal gatherings organized to give you an escape from the books.
There is also more information below under Tulane Events.
JOIN US AT THE GLOBAL CAFE
Global Cafe: A gathering of internationally-minded Tulanians.
SEE YOU IN 2017!
Every Monday from 3:00 - 5:00 P.M.
(There are no more Global Cafes this semester)
Lavin-Bernick Center (Bldg. 29) Pedersen Lobby (behind the ATM machines)
Join us Mondays from 3 to 5 PM for coffee and conversation in the Pederson Lobby in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life (behind the ATMs one level below the food court, on garden level). Sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of International Students and Scholars and the Lavin-Bernick Center for Student Life.
HAPPENINGS AT TULANE
Tulane Bookstore De-Stress Fest
Today: Wednesday December 14th, from 2:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Where: Tulane Bookstore (LBC - Bldg.
Come in, relax and unwind during exam week! Tulane University Bookstore is hosting De-Stress with adult coloring, board games and free stress balls. Plus, get 20% off a spirit item and a free 'Gift With Purchase,' when you spend $25 or more on a Smashbox item. #examweek #onlyattulane #Insidetulane
The Living Library
When: January 26, 2017 - 11:00 - 3:00 P.M. and January 28th from 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.
The Living Library or Human LibraryTM started in 2000 at the Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was organized by a youth organization called “Stop the Violence.” Their goal was to challenge stereotypes, encourage dialogue, and build positive relations among community members.
Taking place on the Tulane Uptown
Campus, individuals volunteer to be “books” and attendees become “readers” who check out a book, meaning they will sit with the volunteer to hear their story. Food and refreshments will be provided to volunteer books, and staff and event volunteers will be present to facilitate.
MLK Day of Service Opportunities
January 16th, 2017
Join 700+ students from Loyola University, Tulane University, Xavier University of Louisiana, and University of New Orleans at the annual Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service. There are
two ways to participate:
Apply to be a project coordinator (which means you would lead a group of students at a service site). Application will close on January 6th, 2017.
Register to participate in the service day (registration closes on January 13th).
Gender and Archives Diversity Research Fellowships
Apply by January 23, 2017
The Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections of the Newcomb College Institute is pleased to invite applications for our 2017 Gender and Archives
Diversity Research Fellowships. These fellowships for research into the history of Newcomb College and Tulane University are open to any current Tulane University undergraduate or graduate student and are intended to support the discovery of untold stories of our community. Applicants will specify their own area of research interest that investigates individuals or campus communities that have been historically underrepresented in the history of the University, with an intersectional focus on gender. Fellowships come with a stipend of either $250 or $500. Learn more here >
ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS
UPTOWN OFFICE HOURS
Location: 6901 Willow St.
Time: Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm
For general information, check-in, document drop off/pick up, and letter requests, come visit us. If you would like to meet with an advisor, please schedule an appointment.
PRAYER SPACE (DOWNTOWN)
Location: Tidewater Rm 1506
Time: Open whenever building is open
Tidewater Building, 15th Floor, Room 1506 has been dedicated as a quiet prayer space for students of all religious denominations
CHECK THE DIGEST WEEKLY FOR MORE UPDATES ABOUT TIMES AND LOCATIONS.
OPT DROP OFF TIMES
You may submit your complete OPT application and packet at OISS each week at any of the following drop-off times:
Wednesday - 8:30-9:30am and 3:30 - 4:30pm
Friday - 10:00-11:00am
Global Cafe: A gathering of internationally-minded Tulanians.
There will be no more Global Cafes this semester! See you in the Spring!
When: Every Monday from 3:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Where: Lavin-Bernick Center (Bldg. 29) Pedersen Lobby (behind the ATM machines)
Join us Mondays from 3 to 5 PM for coffee and conversation in the Pederson Lobby in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life (behind the ATMs one
level below the food court, on garden level). Sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad, the Office of International Students and Scholars and the Lavin-Bernick Center for Student Life.
DOWNTOWN HOURS + ITO + LUNCHES
NO MORE DOWNTOWN HOURS THIS SEMESTER
Location: Tidewater Building Room
2460, Time: Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00 pm
Downtown hours are an opportunity for international students, scholars, and staff at Tulane's downtown campus to meet with an OISS advisor, ask questions, and request services. If you are a new int'l student at the downtown campus, you can also complete your required check-in process during these hours.
Starting on September 20th WFMO’s international tax office is going to have a representative available
every other Tuesday. This is a resource for international students and scholars to get assistance with U.S. taxes and get answers to tax-related questions.
HAPPENING IN NEW ORLEANS
Celebration in the Oaks!
November 25-January 1
This special, month-long light show in City Park hosts hundreds of thousands of colorful lights to showcase the holiday season in New Orleans. Click the rocking horse for more
Experience indoor family holiday fun ice skating, the Kringle Carousel, carnival rides and inflatables, Santa and holiday characters, children’s crafts, decorated trees, dazzling lights and
INFORMATION SECURITY REMINDER!
Protect yourself from online threats! --
Visit eAcademy (https://tulane.onthehub.com) and download both a free licensed copy of Trend Micro Anti-Virus and the OpenDNS roaming client for password phishing protection. These
applications will help protect your computer and the University network.
Don’t fall for phishing emails! -- Before clicking on a link in a message, please forward any suspicious emails or requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for verification. Tulane University will never ask you for your password in an email. Allowing your password to get into the hands of a scammer results in thousands of phishing messages distributed throughout the Tulane email system. If you are ever unsure of a message contact the Technical Support and Network Operations Center at (504)988-8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Our staff are standing ready to address any questions or concerns. It is better to ask first than to click on an unsafe
The mission of the Office of International Students & Scholars is to provide leadership in the internalization of Tulane University by supporting the Tulane international community and facilitating cross-cultural interaction. By way of support, OISS offers quality programs and services and ensures compliance with federal immigration regulations. Our strong belief is that a vibrant international community enriches Tulane
University and the New Orleans community and is an essential component to understanding our role within the global community.